And a bonus cheap 80-series if you're in Arizona and looking for a good hunter/camper/farmer beater.
I'm excited to announce our next Valleywag: Dan Lyons, of Newsweek, Readwrite, and "Fake Steve Jobs" infamy, will be helming Valleywag.Gawker.com starting in January. Lyons is a bruiser, and returns from his self-inflicted exile from tech blogging when he's needed most, to preside over the implosion of one of late…
Several people have asked for clarification on our social media guideline, which I mentioned might be in review. The following, developed by our editorial leadership, is Gawker Media's current thinking.
While you may only know Deadspin's writers as smooth jazz lovers with all the charm of ambulatory kidney stones, it turns out they can write good. Good enough for books that can be read on the can!
Weird to think, but we're already working on 2015 plans, at least over here in the Corner of Directing. I'm putting together a plan for the Edit group (GMGI), which I'll be happy to share when I make it all pretty.
Consider Kotaku. Our gaming site turned 10 this week. (As did Jalopnik!)
I'm a loaner car abuser. I don't care. As a New Yorker, I barely get an excuse to drive a car more than a couple of times a year. So when I can—and it's still not as often as I would like—I ask Travis or Matt to call in a car for me.
We began discussions for a minor site refresh project—mostly visual—that will be implemented early next year, with development starting over the next few months. More details soon, as for now there are few details to share. We're basically just collecting ideas!
Good afternoon from the couch of news. I'm home today, as are most of the 210 Editorial staff, as we add a few more desks to the 4th floor in our final renovation before we move to 17th Street next year. Hopefully the additional 6 seats will tide us over until then, although I suspect we'll still be full to bursting.
This week, everyone at Gizmodo learned how to write this:
For me, a week of planning to plan. I'll be formalizing a weekly editorial stand-up meeting, starting Monday after next. I'm working with each of the site leads to codify their site missions and editorial plans for 2015. And while I intended to be dragged behind a car today—for a reason—I instead stayed in the office…
Earlier this year, I set a traffic goal for the Gawker Media Network of 80 million U.S. uniques, to be achieved by the end of the year. I'm pig-in-shitted to announce that as of today, Gawker Media has crossed that line, bringing in 81.3 million U.S. uniques over the last 30 days, as part of a greater 126.8 million…
And let's say that I'm willing to take modest detours to get to them. Oh, and after Venice we're driving to Croatia, then on to Budapest, and then back to Frankfurt. Gonna be a long one.
Creative cultures. That's the thing I've been thinking about, reading about, and discussing with everyone this week, in preparation for our All Hands meeting next Wednesday, as well as our management trip to Budapest in August.
I had screwed around in the tutorial but that was it. But I finally played a few matches yesterday and now I'm...well, not hooked, but I get it now. Where can I find some basic strategies about deck building though? I still have no idea.
Get ready, summer fun fans—we're going to have an All-Hands Meeting. Expect discussion about our core motivating principles, best practices, future Kinja developments, and highlights from each of the major titles on Kinja.
Ol' Man Denton wanted to buy a scooter. Nothing wrong with that. "I like scooters fine. But why not just get a motorcycle?" I asked. Especially since he was looking at 600-pound BMW maxi-scooters, which are great machines, but not exactly the little Soho-to-Brooklyn runabout he was talking about in the first place.
The Gawker Media network nearly kissed 70 million U.S. uniques a month; we're at 69.6 million for the last 30 days. (April was flat, but May and June have had great growth, primarily in mobile, where most of the growth is happening across the web.) Global uniques are growing, too; we're up to 113.8 million monthly…